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Customers at a bank | Reuters/Paul Hackett
March 24, 2015
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Back to the Future: Do Banks Really Learn from Long-term Relationships?

A pair of economists examine whether banks acquire any special wisdom from repeat borrowers.

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Planning, Presenting, Practice
March 2, 2015
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Matt Abrahams: Tips and Techniques for More Confident and Compelling Presentations

A Stanford lecturer explains key ways you can better plan, practice, and present your next talk.

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A trader plays a computer game in the trading room of the Shanghai Petroleum Exchange. | Reuters/Aly Song
March 18, 2015
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How a Bit of Play Might Lead to Better Work

The CEO of Badgeville says companies that “gamify” their workplaces could see more engagement and productivity.

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Jeffrey Pfeffer
March 19, 2015
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Jeffrey Pfeffer: Power (and How to Get More of It)

A professor of organizational behavior describes how you can increase your influence at work.

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The U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise in Washington March 1, 2013. The best government programs are flexible yet predictable. | Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
March 18, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How a Twist to Mandatory Spending Could Reduce Gridlock

A Stanford economist shows how warring political parties could get better results by building some flexibility into mandatory spending programs.

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Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
March 17, 2015
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Neil Malhotra: Debunking the Myth of the Liberal Supreme Court

A political economist looks at the relationship between public opinion and the high court.

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon | Natalie White
March 23, 2015
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Walmart CEO: Waiting for Consensus “Can Kill You”

Head of world’s largest company discusses making decisions and knowing when to admit failure.

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A woman walking out of Google
February 26, 2015
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Lisa De Simone: How U.S. Companies Export Profits to Save on Taxes

A Stanford scholar examines three methods of income shifting, and why some firms benefit more than others.

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A man holding his hands over his face
February 23, 2015
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Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You

Stanford scholars identify 10 work stressors that are destroying your health.

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December 16, 2011
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Ian Davis: The Five Things Successful Leaders Do

The retired senior partner at McKinsey explains how these traits are more important than organizational rank.
December 15, 2011
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Baba Shiv: How Loneliness Affects Consumer Behavior

People who are lonely prefer products outside the mainstream, but only in private.
December 15, 2011
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Sally Osberg: How Social Entrepreneurs are Like Ginger Rogers

The Skoll Foundation president says they're like traditional entrepreneurs, but "do it backwards in high heels" with public sector challenges.
December 14, 2011
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Women Still Underrepresented on Corporate Boards

Women hold about 15% of Fortune 500 corporate board seats and the numbers are not growing rapidly.
December 13, 2011
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Yvon Chouinard: Patagonia's Secret Is in its Supply Chain

The apparel company founder says they track every step to be sure there are "no unintended consequences of our actions."
December 12, 2011
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Despite Sluggish Economy, a Bullish Outlook on Investing

Venture capitalists who spoke at Stanford said available money and billions of internet users mean long-term prospects look good.
December 11, 2011
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Matt Rothe: How the Tractor Killed the Family Farm

An alumnus who watched his family sell their Colorado farm after five generations discusses the importance of sustainability and eating smart.
December 6, 2011
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Rupert Scofield: Social Enterprises are Key to Meaningful Change

Creator of "the World Bank for the Poor" explains how social enterprise can create systems that work for everyone in society.
November 30, 2011
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Arrillaga Book Offers Map for Successful Philanthropy

Don't just feel good about philanthropic gifts, says Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen in her book Giving 2.0. Put your mind to work as well as your heart.
November 18, 2011
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Kent Thiry: Developing Successful Leaders Takes a Village

The CEO of DaVita says management can be taught, but leadership is a skill that requires learning about yourself and other human beings.